Oct. 29, 2021

#42 - "A Nightmare On Elm Street" (1984) with Ron West

#42 -

Horror movies have been around since the late 1800s, yet not all of them are remembered as fondly as others. In 1984, horror master Wes Craven introduced moviegoers to not only one of the most iconic horror movies of the decade, but one of the most iconic figures in horror’s history. So start a fresh pot of coffee, refill your caffeine pills, and whatever you do, don’t fall asleep as Tim Williams and guest co-host, Ron West, discuss “A Nightmare on Elm Street” from 1984 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Krug (played by David Hess), the vicious, rapist-serial killer in Wes Craven's first horror movie, Last House on the Left, oozed with smarminess and one-liners, and liked to taunt and torture his victims before killing them, became a very similar type villain, but now in ghost form, in Nightmare on Elm Street. Again, we have a similar bad guy with a big mouth in that movie as well, one who haunts and terrorizes his victims before killing them, also with a similar last name, Krueger (an extension of Krug). The characters are so similar and their story arcs so similar - both were done in by vindictive parents who circumvented the law - you could almost view Nightmare on Elm Street as a sequel to Last House on The Left, which makes sense since these were two of Craven's earliest films.
  • More work was done for Freddy's boiler room than made it into the film; the film crew constructed a whole sleeping place for Freddy, showing that he was quite a hobo, an outcast and reject from society, living and sleeping where he worked, and surrounding himself with naked Barbie dolls and other things as a showcase of his fantasies and perversions. This place was supposed to be where he forged his glove and abducted and murdered his victims.
  • Heather Langenkamp's boyfriend at the time of the shooting is credited for creating Freddy's nursery rhyme.


Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes

Netflix Original "The Movies That Made Us"


Intro & Outro Music: "Total Eclipse" by Nathaniel Wyver

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